TCYP Brief
TCYP May 2016 Brief

Small Business Celebration Award Ceremony Tomorrow

After much evaluation and deliberation and investigation by the Small Business Award judges, the time has come to crown the Chamber's 2016 Hagerty Small Business of the Year. The SBC Award Ceremony will held at NMC's Hagerty Center on Wedneday May 4 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Fly solo or reserve a whole table! Admission is $20 per person for Chamber members or $25 for non-members. For more information contact Andi Wagenschutz, Event & Program Coordinator, or Click Here to register.
Meet the Top 10 Small Business Celebration Finalists:
Krause Realty Solutions
Traverse Dental Associates
Northern Lightning Wash
Studio 415
Epic Powersports
GFA, Inc.
Williams & Bay Pumping Service
City Mac
All Seasons Hotel & Resort
The Small Business Celebration is made possible by:

With additional support from:
Young Professionals Partner with Junior Achievement
This year, the Traverse City Young Professionals (TCYPs) are partnering with the regional Junior Achievement program to bring men toring opportunities to middle and high school-aged students involved in Junior Achievement. The goal of this partnership is to better engage students participating in Junior Achievement with a professional colleague/mentor in the Grand Traverse region. This mentor can help provide professio nal guidance, direction, and support throughout the student's high school, college, and young professional years.
Importantly, the TCYP Program hopes that opportunities such as this new mentoring program will continue to highlight its focus on attracting and retaining young professionals to the region by representing a portion of how the Traverse City area is a wonderful place to work, live, and play. The Young Professionals volunteering in the Junior Achievement mentoring program will be able to help demonstrate to students the benefits of returning home to the Grand Traverse region once they have graduated by highlighting community networking opportunities, success stories, and industry/career engagement.
If you are interested in joining this committee or volunteering as a mentor, please contact Erika Wiltse for more information.
City Recruiting for Arts Commission
The City of Traverse City is always looking for new volunteer committee
and board members. Currently, the city is specifically seeking member to join its newly established Traverse City Arts Commission wh ich will help to support, guide and choose local public art projects.  The city is always looking for new board and committee members as terms expire, etc. If you are interested in joining a board or would like to submit your information for future opportunities please Click Here to access the application and feel free to direct any questions to City of Traverse City Deputy Clerk   Kate Zeits.
Non-perishable Food Donations
The YP Committee has made it a point this year to bring in non-
perishable food items as well as make financial donations at every meeting. The proceeds of this mission are then passed onto the Father Fred Foundation. Year to date, the committee has donated 303 food items which breaks down to 621 servings, equaling a total of 207 meals. THANK YOU to all who have donated and contributed to this cause.
* YP Committee members- don't forget your food item at the next meeting!*
Volunteering Opportunity: Movies & Popcorn
Join us for our monthly YP volunteer event at the State Theatre on Tuesday, 
May 24, from 5:15-7:15 p.m. All volunteers receive a FREE movie voucher and popcorn! This is a recurring monthly commitment by the YPs. Come once or become a regular!   Sign up or e-mail Lisa Pointe with questions.
Come Volunteer for Business After Hours in 2016
We are always looking for YPs to work the check-in table at the Chamber's
Business After Hours (BAH) events. There will be plenty of chances to meet and mingle with fellow YPs and Chamber members at BAH in 2016. For moreinformation, or to sign up for one of the upcoming BAH evenings, contact   Lisa Pointe.
The next BAH will be held May 18 from 5 - 7 p.m.  at Grand Traverse Pavilions. We hope to see you there!

Help Out at the Chamber Front Desk
  You can expand your involvement in the Traverse City Area Chamber by volunteering to staff the Front Desk. The Chamber is looking for motivated, friendly, energetic people to help staff our front desk and help our visitors enjoy their experience at the Chamber. Duties include:
  • Answering phones and greeting guests.
  • Assisting with mail and related office projects.
  • Staffing our first-floor meeting rooms and helping attendees using the space.
  • Directing visitors to the Traverse City Tourism office.
Interested individuals can contact the Chamber's Julia Clark for more information at

May Morning Brew: Local Board Forum
Don't forget to mark your calendars for this month's Morning Brew session taking place Thursday, May 19, from 8 - 9 a.m. This month Chamber Director of Government Relations Kent Wood will discuss opportunities for YPs to get involved in local boards and committees. Kent has formed a panel of local board members from many different areas and focuses as well as different demographics. Take the time to learn from Kent and fire away with questions for the panel. Don't forget to REGISTER.
Additional support for May's Morning Brew provided by:

All Aboard! YPs Take a Trip on the Nauti-Cat

Lunch, champagne, prizes, a boat ride, and professional development - what's not to love? Saturday June 4 you can join the TCYPs as they take a trip around the bay on the Nauti-Cat, accompanied by keynote speaker Anne Bonney. This uniquely fun and enlightening event will sell out fast, as there are limited tickets available. Cost is only $35 per person. Register here or direct any questions about this event to Lindsey Schollard.
Leadership Programming at the Chamber is made possible by:
Lunch Sponsor:
Prize Sponsor:
Coffee Conversations with TCAPS Board
Each month you can join the TCAPS Board of Education to discuss some of the most pressing subjects surrounding local education. This month you can catch the Board at Horizon Books on Thursday, May 26, from 6 - 7 p.m. The topic of these unique and personalized events will be different each month. Last month's meeting addressed school funding and specifically how taxes and fund balances work. Be sure not to miss this great opportunity to meet the TCAPS Board of Education and learn more about the TCAPS system. 

Lunch & Learn: Board Member Bootcamp

Joining a board or committee can often be an intimidating undertaking. Fear no more! Pamela Evans from NorthSky Non-Profit Network will be presenting at the TCYP Lunch & Learn on June 1 and the content will be geared toward preparing yourself for the responsibility and discussing things you should know. The presentation will be very engaging and open to help answer your questions and understand some of the mental road blocks or possible misconceptions that YPs have regarding board involvement. If you have ever wondered if you would be a good fit to serve on a board you advocate for, don't miss this wonderful presentation. The Lunch & Learn will be Wednesday, June 1, from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Great Wolf Lodge.   Register here and we will see you there!
Leadership @ the Movies: Yes Man
There's nothing like starting your day off with a Jim Carrey flick and some leadership knowledge from none other than Anne Bonney. Anne will highlight scenes and takeaways from the featured film Yes Man and discuss her lesson, "The first step in great leadership is SELF leadership." Leadership @ the  Movies was first released last year to help provide a unique and energy-filled leadership development experience for chamber members before they punch the clock. If you've never been to a Leadership @ the Movies, don't miss your chance to hang out with Anne on Thursday, May 12, at Bijou by the Bay theatre from 7:30 - 9 a.m. To find out more information or to register,   Click Here .
New BLOG Alert!
Be on the look-out for a NEW monthly blog posting from our fellow YP government representatives to keep you informed of local city, township, county, and TCAPS updates! Get the scoop on what's happening and check out a  wide range of other YP related topics on the Brief every month. YP Blogosphere specialist Adam Rhoades has touched on the local housing market, area events, and the ever-popular Restaurant Week. Stay tuned for May's blog on local agriculture, food and farmers markets. Click the blog button to check it out! CLICK IT!
Calling All Guest Bloggers!
Are you new to TC or have you been here for years? Just landed your dream job or  are you searching for the next step in your career? Sharing your story on the blog is easy, and a great way to reach other young professionals both in our area and across the world. Simply type a brief summary about yourself-your favorite things in the Traverse City area, why you live here, what you do for a living-and send it in to   Adam Rhoades with some great photos. We love featuring our YPs!
Job Portal: A Popular Resource for Members & Job Seekers
The Chamber of Commerce always strives for ways to help their members. One is by connecting them with top talent in the area. The Chambers job  portal is always jam packed with great and different opportunities. Whether you are seeking to fill a position, looking for a career change, or just looking for some additional seasonal work, the Chamber Job Portal should be your first stop! Check it out   HERE.

Caroline Gersch- Attorney
Brandt, Pezzetti,Vermetten & Popovits, PC
1. What is your favorite thing about your career?
As an Associate Attorney at Brandt, Pezzetti, Vermetten & Popovits, I focus predominantly on Estate Planning, but provide a wide variety of legal services from commercial transactions and litigation to family law. The best aspect of my profession is helping people face - and overcome - challenges in their everyday lives. No client or scenario is exactly the same; I'm constantly learning, which keeps the days interesting and fresh.
2. Where are you from?
I grew up in Clarkston, Michigan and was introduced to the area by spending summers visiting my grandparents in Charlevoix.
3. What would you sing at Karaoke night?
Probably something by Talking Heads...  "Life During Wartime" or "This Must Be the Place."
4. Favorite activity? (indoor or outdoor)
I love all outdoor activities! Bicycling (road, mountain), cross country skiing, snowboarding, jogging, paddling-- truly everything. I also love reading for pleasure, watching movies, home improvement projects and baking.
5. Any goals? (personal or professional)
In the spirit of cultivating a better "work-life" balance, I REALLY want to spend the next few months focusing on a creative pursuit- whether it's painting, drawing or taking music lessons- that is an area I want to work on.

Eric Rizzio- Funeral Service Specialist
Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home
1. What is your favorite thing about your career?
The diversification of the profession.  As a funeral director, I'm often wearing many hats. From the time we initially talk with the family after their loved one has passed, sitting down during the arrangement conference and listening about their loved one's life, to the time of the funeral. Many people don't know how much actually goes into a funeral because it's not something they do every day, which is a good thing! Educating families on the importance of having a funeral, listening to what their needs are and providing them with options that will help create an awesome celebration of life for their loved one. It's all part of the grief cycle and it's important as funeral directors to educate families about the importance of why we need to have a funeral. Helping and guiding families through this process is what I love most about my career.

2. Where are you from?
I was born and raised in Marquette, MI. I moved to Traverse City back in January and began working at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home shortly thereafter.
3. What would you sing at Karaoke night?
I would probably sing a little Eddie Money, "Take Me Home Tonight".
4. Favorite activity (indoor or outdoor)
Favorite activity would have to be running.
5. Any goals? (personal or professional) 
A personal goal would be to run the 2017 Boston Marathon.

May 4 - Small Business Celebration Award Ceremony (The Hagerty Center); 4:30-6:30 p.m.
May 12 - Leadership @ the Movies (Bijou by the Bay); 7:30-9 a.m.
May 17 - Pints & Politics (Right Brain Brewery);4:30-6 p.m.
May 18 - Business After Hours (Grand Traverse Pavilions); 5-7 p.m.
May 19 - YP Morning Brew (Chamber of Commerce);8 -9 a.m.
May 24 - YPs Volunteering at the State Theatre; 5:15-7:15 p.m.
June 1 - Young Professionals Lunch & Learn (Great Wolf Lodge); 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
June 4 - TCYP's Afternoon on the Nauti-Cat (Nauti Cat Cruises); 12 -2:30 p.m.
Emily Arbut
Workshop Brewery- Minister of Propaganda: Emily was recently hired on as the Minister of Propaganda at the Workshop Brewing Company in downtown Traverse City. As the marketing lead, she is responsible for media strategy, promotions, partnerships and all things social media.
Jessica Wheaton

Hagerty Insurance- Board Liason: In March, Jessica Wheaton accepted a position with Hagerty as the Board Liaison. In this role she serves as a member of the legal team and oversees the company's corporate governance structure and manages the logistics of the Board of Director meetings.
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